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Build fine motor skills and creativity with these summer playdough mats! Print them all out and add them to your summer learning activities.
Add these summer printables to your activity arsenal! Pull them out to supplement your summer lessons or to keep kids occupied during a long afternoon.
These playdough mats work well as quiet time activities, as well. Next time you head to a restaurant or doctor’s office, bring along a few playdough mats and cans of playdough to keep your kids entertained.
Printable Summer Activities
The best thing about these free preschool printables is that they double as an educational activity. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning.
Not only is this summer printable pack easy to prepare, but it will help your kids build hand strength while working on basic literacy skills.
To start, print the playdough mats on cardstock. I recommend laminating them for durability to make these summer playdough mats reusable.
Have your kids shape dough to make the pictures featured on each card. Have kids roll the playdough into balls or ropes to fit into each shape.
In this pack, you’ll find mats featuring ice cream, lemonade, popsicle, sand castle, watermelon, and more.
Once kids have created the playdough shape, talk about the sentence on each mat. For instance, I is for ice cream. Focus on the beginning sound of each featured image.
Then, your preschoolers can use playdough to form the beginning letter of each word. Or, they can use a dry erase marker to write it.
I’ve got a great idea if you want to add this to your no-mess summer activities for preschoolers. Let your little ones use wiki stix to make these summer shapes. Wiki stix are not messy at all, but they’ll stick to the laminated playdough mats.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT SUMMERFill your book basket with a great collection of summer picture books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Summer is Here! – Pick blueberries, see a caterpillar grow from an egg to a butterfly, or take a trip to the lake or beach with your family. Peek under rocks, look up in the trees, dive into the water–there is so much to learn and so much to discover together when you read Summer is Here!I See Summer – Follow Dad, Grandma, and other family members as they pick and count. Hidden numbers on every page give readers an opportunity to search and learn. Summertime in the Big Woods – The winter is finally over, and now it is summertime. Laura and Mary are busy all day helping Ma in the garden and playing outside.
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities
If you love using peg dogs in your imaginative play area, you don’t want to miss these eco-friendly Summer Peg Dolls decorated with hand painted summery flowers!
Storytelling is part of the learning process. Add some summer story stones to your reading and literacy centers.
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